Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that Jade Kaplan has joined the staff of the Women’s Wellness Center. She is a Board Certified Nurse-Midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health.
Prior to coming to NVRH, Jade practiced and taught midwifery at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA for nine years; she has been a midwife for 27 years.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1983, and her Masters of Nursing, with a midwifery specialty, and a Masters in Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Upon receiving her nursing degree in 1983, she worked as an RN in pediatrics, neonatal intensive care, outpatient women’s health and on an adolescent psychiatric unit. During her nursing school training, she became fascinated with the obstetrics and gynecology rotation, which led her to pursue her desire to become a midwife.
“We are thrilled to have Jade join our team. Having worked with her periodically for the past five years, she knows the hospital and we know her, which is great. She has a passionate commitment to women, children and families and a great deal of intuitive wisdom and knowledge to share,” states Tammy Wilkins, Practice Manager of Women’s Wellness.
Jade has practiced in North Carolina, Vermont and Massachusetts, in private practice as well as hospital settings. Additionally, she’s done a great deal of teaching. Her interests lie in supporting the body’s normal birth process, using water (tub) and other comfort measures for labor and birth and addressing and coping with fears women may have about childbirth. She enjoys giving babies a strong but gentle start in life and providing education to women about their bodies and family planning choices.
“NVRH is known throughout the state. It’s a special place, with a well-known midwifery practice originally built and nurtured by Anea Lelong, CNM and the late Susan Hoffman, CNM. I’m very pleased to be here. It is an honor to work in partnership with midwives Anea and Diane Dulude. The entire department really works as a team, which is very important to me and to patients,” states Jade.
Jade and her partner have four children and live on a small farm in Charlotte, VT. Jade looks forward to working in the state she lives in, driving less and walking more! She enjoys spinning, knitting, weaving, cooking and hiking when time allows.
NVRH is the first hospital in Vermont to earn the prestigious title of Baby Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization (WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer the finest level of care for infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.